By Lois Evans
In our hometown we are dealing with a lot of construction and improvement of new bridges and also potholes from the severe winter. There are constant detour signs and slow traffic as people maneuver between one pothole to another. The thing that amazes me more than the inconvenience of all these changes is that the city planners did not feel it necessary to let the residents know in advance and in great detail how inconvenient this project would be.
We just got the exciting news that change was coming, that things were going to be better which would make our city competitive with other cities. We just got a broad stroke statement that there will be detours for an unforeseen period of time, but be assured this too will pass. They said this project could take between 5-10 years barring no weather, people, or materials necessary for the project cause delays. They just gave us a statement, and a promise.
They just gave us words, and I trust that they know what they are doing because they have done major expansions in our city over and over again.
As I drive through these changes, I think of the fact that God has a plan for our lives. Even though we run into detours, stop, caution, and yield signs He still has a plan. Jeremiah 1:4-5 says your plan has been predestined, and He has worked on many plans and fulfilled His purpose over and over again with and through yielded vessels that He can use for His Glory. I think that is why it is so important to do what Jeremiah 29:13 says, and that is when things get confusing and you feel lost, call on Him. When things get confusing or there seems to be a pause with the project in the city, sometimes the citizens call a meeting with the city council or the city council calls a meeting to update the citizens. You and I need to be in contact with the city planner of our lives on a regular basis. He does have a plan, and He is not always silent. We need to learn to be still enough to hear His voice in the midst of all the chatter we have coming our way daily. Spend time in His Word regularly, so you develop an ear that is familiar with His voice.